L.A.N.D.S. Outreach - June 2016 Reaching Across Texas Report

TWA’s L.A.N.D.S. Outreach programs continued their success during the month of June.  Many thanks to the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation for its support of the current and future endeavors as we educate the youth of Texas on natural resource literacy and private land stewardship.  As the numbers show, TWA is making a difference!


Outreach Teacher Workshops – (563 teachers to date in 2016)

This summer, L.A.N.D.S. Outreach is offering 36 teacher workshops that provide hands-on training for educators to incorporate natural resource and private land stewardship lessons into their classrooms.


DFW Area:

  • Tarrant & Surrounding Counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Wise Counties) – 314 teachers and 56,357 expected student outreach

Upcoming Workshops:

  • July 12 - Fort Worth Botanic Gardens - Fort Worth
  • July 13 - Bunker Sands Wetland Center - Seagoville
  • July 15 - Denton County AgriLife Extension - Denton
  • August 2 - Botanical Research Institute of Texas  - Fort Worth
  • August 3 - River Legacy Living Science Center - Arlington
  • August 5 - Trinity River Audubon Center - Dallas
  • August 8 - Perot Museum of Science & Nature - Fair Park - Dallas


Harris Area:

  • Harris & Surrounding Counties (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties) – 165 teachers and 27,712 expected student outreach

Upcoming Workshops:

  • July 7 - Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center - Humble
  • July 21 - Mercer Arboretum - Humble
  • July 26 - Spring Branch Science Center (RA Vines Environmental Science Center) - Houston
  • August 4 - Environmental Institute of Houston - UHCL - Houston
  • August 10 - WaterWorks Education Center - Humble
  • August 11 - Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center - Humble


Rio Grande Valley Area:

  • Rio Grande Valley (Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, Starr, and Willacy Counties) – 33 teachers and 4,760 expected student outreach

Upcoming Workshops:

  • July 6 - Estero Llano Grande State Park - Weslaco  
  • July 21 - Bentsen-RGV State Park - Mission
  • August 3 - Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Bird Center - Edinburg
  • August 10 - Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge - Alamo



Distance Learning – Youth On-demand Webinars (14,076 students to date in 2016)


Distance Learning – Youth Videoconferencing (27,206 students to date in 2016)


Wildlife by Design Classroom Presentations  (45,569 students to date in 2016)


Discovery Trunks  (93,654  students to date in 2016)



Statewide Events

  • June 11, Cabela’s Kid Fest, Fort Worth, TX. Annual free event designed to promote outdoor recreation and conservation activities to children and families. TWA will have a table promoting our educational offerings and THYP - and of course some skins and skulls for attendees to get a hands-on experience with native Texas wildlife!
  • June 11, Yappopalooza Sea Turtle Festival, Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville, TX. Family fundraising event to benefit Sea Turtle conservation efforts. TWA and the East Foundation will have a booth to promote wildlife conservation through land stewardship.


Give the Gift of Education – Discovery Trunks

Share your passion for Texas wildlife and private land stewardship and ‘Give the Gift of Education’.  Your donation will fund TWA’s Discovery Trunks.  Discovery Trunks are shipped to Texas schools and organizations, free of charge, allowing educators to easily incorporate the TEKS-aligned wildlife conservation and natural resources lessons and materials into their teachings.  Discovery Trunks are in high demand (each trunk reaches approximately 1,600 students a year) and are completely funded by grants and donations – take this opportunity to pay it forward!




L.A.N.D.S. Outreach Educators

Tarrant & Surrounding Counties – Toni Purnell, Julia Farmer, Kimberly Shaw

Harris & Surrounding Counties – Adrienne Paquette & Jo Picken

Rio Grande Valley – Elisa Velador

Statewide Programs – Elanor Dean

Curriculum Writer – Marla Wolf

Director of Education – Outreach Programs – Kassi Scheffer



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